PHI-NYJ Grades: Bradford struggles, despite win

The top takeaways from Sunday’s Philadelphia-New York game, including the highest graded players from each team.

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(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

PHI-NYJ Grades: Bradford struggles, despite win

Here are the top takeaways from Sunday’s Philadelphia-New York game, including the highest-graded players from each team:

Philadelphia Eagles

– Despite the win, QB Sam Bradford (-3.5) still played poorly. He again failed to complete a pass targeted beyond 20 yards, and averaged just 4.2 yards per attempt. Todd Bowles’ blitzes caused particular issue, with Bradford completing just 3-of-12 attempts for 14 yards. Although Eagles’ receivers dropped five passes, and Bradford himself threw three passes away, his location was poor even on completions, limiting yards after the catch. He now ranks third from last in our quarterback grades through Week 3—a full 11 places behind Nick Foles.

– One of the biggest concerns for the Eagles’ defense coming into the season was the strong safety position. Walter Thurmond (+2.8) has made a strong case for nailing down that spot with his performances so far in 2015. He was excellent against the Jets, recording a pair of defensive stops in run defense, while making an athletic interception that sealed the game for Philadelphia. That makes three positively-graded games in a row for the former Seahawk, who is now second overall in our safety rankings.

– After being inactive for the first couple of weeks, injuries forced DE Brandon Bair (+2.5) into the lineup. He responded with a very good outing in his 46 snaps, recording a positive grade in both facets of play (run defense and pass coverage). Against the run, Bair recorded three defensive stops on just 13 run snaps. As a pass rusher, he had a hurry and pair of batted passes, finishing with a +1.3 grade— top amongst Eagles.

Top Performers:

SS Walter Thurmond (+2.8)

DE Brandon Bair (+2.5)

LT Jason Peters (+2.2)

TE Brent Celek (+2.2)

CB Eric Rowe (+1.8)


New York Jets

– After such a dominant start to the season for WR Brandon Marshall (-3.9), his struggles in this game were surprising. The loss of Eric Decker to injury put pressure on Marshall to perform, but pressing for big plays backfired in a major way. His attempted a lateral, but bounced it off Connor Barwin’s face mask for a fumble. That wasn’t his only mistake, as it was his drop which led to Thurmond’s game sealing interception. Overall, although he gained 109 yards with 10 catches on 14 targets and a touchdown, Marshall had a pair of drops and two interceptions when targeted. The Jets will hope a refocused Marshall returns for their next game.

– He may be 31 years old, but ILB David Harris (+2.2) is at the top of his game. In run defense, he recorded three stops and forced a fumble that could have enabled a Jets comeback. Harris also stood out in coverage where he led the Jets with a +1.4 grade, allowing two receptions on four targets for 19 yards. Harris is now our top ranked inside linebacker by some margin.

– After a good rookie season, SS Calvin Pryor (-2.8) was expected to kick on. He didn’t have his best game against the Eagles, struggling in run defense (-2.1) in particular. Although he made four defensive stops, he also missed a tackle and generally took some poor angles throughout the game. Pryor’s pursuit angles were off in coverage, as well as run defense. On one play he allowed Darren Sproles to get to the outside and pick up a first down on third-and-long. While his performance in this game was a disappointment, it’s only Pryor’s third game graded -1.0 or below in his career, so we don’t expect the poor form to continue.

Top Performers:

ILB David Harris (+2.2)

C Nick Mangold (+1.6)

HB Bilal Powell (+0.7)

CB Darrelle Revis (+0.6)

FS Marcus Gilchrist (+0.5)

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  • crosseyedlemon

    The Jets and Eagles win just enough to convince their fans that their is light at the end of the tunnel but their lack of consistency every year prevents them from ever being anything but under-achievers.

    • Douglass Pinkard

      So you just came here to drop a turd on other peoples’ teams? Pretty small of you.

    • Douglass Pinkard

      So you just came here to drop a turd on other peoples’ teams? Pretty small of you.

      • crosseyedlemon

        So you would have preferred I stated the Jets and Eagles are the two best franchises to ever have played in the league? Who would be dumb enough to drink that kool-aid?

        • Biebs

          Probably would have preferred you added something of value, rather than a general arbitrary statement with nothing backing it up.

  • Ridgeback

    Didn’t get a chance to watch the game. So did the Jets defense play that poorly or was it all the turnovers the offense had that put them in a bad spot? I know Revis left the game early. I was really surprised they gave up that many rushing yards to Matthews.

    • Anonymous

      They gave up 52 yards total in the second half and zero points. 7 of the points were scored on a punt return TD and another TD was scored when the Eagles started with the ball on the Jets 36 yard line after the Brandon Marshall fumble play.

      They gave up two long drives one for a TD and one for a field goal. They didn’t play that poorly at all. They just started slow and the offense made some turnovers in scoring range. Revis did leave the game early, but it was only the final drive where the Eagles didn’t throw the ball at all that he didn’t go back in for.

  • blarney8

    god i hope the jets are better than they looked against the eagles. ugh